Friday, March 21, 2014

Chrysologus for Lent XX

Pharisee, admit your sin, so that you might be able to come to the table of Christ; so that you might have Christ as your Bread, and he the Bread might be broken in forgiveness for your sins; so that Christ might become your Cup to be poured out in remission of your offenses. Pharisee, eat with sinners so that you can eat with Christ. Acknowledge that you are a sinner, so that Christ might eat with you. Enter with sinners into the feast of your Lord, so that you can be a sinner no more. Enter the house of mercy with the forgiveness of Christ, so that with your kind of righteousness you may not be shut out in punishment from the house of mercy.

Sermon 30, section 4.

2 comments:

  1. Enbrethiliel10:30 AM

    +JMJ+

    I find admonitions like this easier to understand when I relate them to the idea of the Mystical Body. Inasmuch as we're all in this together, whenever we eat with Christ, we already eat with (fellow) sinners. But there's a greater perfection in the strong members of the Body being merciful--and not merely tolerant--toward the weak members, and bearing the sins of others as if they were one's own.

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  2. branemrys4:33 PM

    I think that's a very good way of looking at it.

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